Field Trip to the Bay Bridge
A Seminar Field Trip to the Bay Bridge Project

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Organization and Policies

How is the Renaissance Society organized?
The policy-making body is the Board of Directors (Board), consisting of elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Controller), the six Members-at-Large, and the chairs of all standing committees. The Board and its duties are described in the Bylaws. The Executive Committee is composed of the elected officers and the immediate past-President. The Executive Committee deals with Office personnel, signing checks and any urgent matter that cannot wait for the next Board meeting. The Standing Committees (Excursions, Forums, Gerontology, History, Long-Range Planning, Membership, Diversity and Community Engagement, Newsletter, Nominating, Communication and Marketing, Rules, Seminars, Social, Technology, University Services and Website) are responsible for planning Renaissance Society activities within the scope defined by the Standing Rules.
Where are the rules and policies of the Renaissance Society found?
The operating procedures are contained in the Bylaws and Standing Rules and Policies, which are included in the back of the Membership Directory and here. Changes to the Bylaws require approval by the Board, the membership and the President of California State University, Sacramento.
What should members know about the Standing Rules?
Members should not take any action in the name of the Society without first obtaining the approval of the Board (e.g., committing the expenditure of Society funds, making a statement on behalf of the Society, calling someone working at CSUS and asking them to do something for the Society or for any of its activities, or any other action in the name of the Society). Members should not use a seminar, forum or any other Renaissance Society activity to promote a business, form an investment club, or solicit membership in any other organization.
What about member privacy?
The Renaissance Society has a policy to protect members' privacy. It will not release a member's phone number, email address, or mailing address to non-members. When a photo of members or guests is put on the website, the name is not included without their consent. Please respect members' privacy by not sharing another member's information without permission. Also, personally retain or carefully dispose of Renaissance Society Directories (containing members' names, addresses, and email addresses). BURN or SHRED, and don't give access to a non-member.